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The Oval, 1869-70 season

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Having secured the use of the Surrey County Cricket ground at Kennington Oval The Wanderers put it to good use for the 1869-70 season.
Contemporary reports reveal that the Association game was still very much in its infancy. More than one of these fixtures was played between unevenly matched teams who failed to field eleven players.
Of the 19 known matches to have taken place at The Oval that season Wanderers featured in 15. They won 9 of these games and scored 29 goals.
The Wanderers had not yet reached their zenith. During the following 2 years football would undergo significant advances with the introduction of the FA Cup and international matches. The Oval would then assume the mantle of England's premier football venue.
Let's take a look at the first season:


09.10.69

Wanderers

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2

West Kent

23.10.69

Wanderers

0

2

Old Etonians

27.10.69

Wanderers

3

0

Rochester

06.11.69

Wanderers

2

1

Upton Park

10.11.69

Wanderers

2

1

Royal Engineers

13.11.69

Civil Service

0

1

West Kent

20.11.69

Wanderers

0

0

Gitanos

01.12.69

Wanderers

4

2

Civil Service

04.12.69

Wanderers

2

0

Hampstead Heathens

11.12.69

Wanderers

1

2

Crusaders

14.12.69

Wanderers

1

2

Desperadoes

18.12.69

Civil Service

1

2

Old Harrovians

15.01.70

Wanderers

1

1

Gitanos

19.01.70

Wanderers

1

0

Harrow Pilgrims

22.01.70

Wanderers

3

0

Civil Service

29.01.70

Civil Service

0

2

West Kent

26.02.70

Wanderers

7

0

Forest

05.03.70

English

1

1

Scotch


19.03.70

Wanderers

2

1

Hampstead Heathens





Postponements/ cancellations:

24.11.69

Wanderers

P

P

Crystal Palace

05.02.70

Civil Service played a scratch team instead of the advertised match with Old Etonians
12.02.70

Civil Service

P

P

Old Harrovians


English v Scotch was arranged for this dateā€¦
12.02.70

English

P

P

Scotch


Postponed due to frost.
19.02.70

Wanderers

P

P

West Kent


Result or whether played unknown:

18.12.69

Gitanos

?

?

Harrow Pilgrims

05.03.70

Civil Service

?

?

Crusaders

14.03.70

Civil Service

?

?

Royal Engineers


Advertised but not played:

21.12.69

Gitanos

v

Bedouins


Played at Blackheath.
08.01.70

Wanderers

v

Brixton

12.01.70

Wanderers

v

Bedouins




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